Travelling Beijing in January, you can try multiple winter activities like skating and skiing, and there are chances to see a pure white Beijing covered in snow. This article will provide you with specific information about the weather, temperature, AQI, what to wear, where to go, and tips of a Beijing January tour.
January is the coldest month of Beijing. It is usually windy and dry. The average temperature in the daytime is 5℃ (41℉) and at night is -5℃ (23℉). Sometimes the temperature at night can drop to -10℃ (14℉). The monthly precipitation is only 3mm. So it is not likely to rain in January. It is mostly sunny or cloudy. But don’t underestimate the bitter winter wind because of the sun. Remember to keep warm in the open air.>>Beijing Weekly Weather Forecast
Beijing Highest & Lowest Temperature in January 2019 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
The average AQI of Beijing in January is 77, which is considered as good. According to the historical Beijing AQI data in January, 2019, 9 days were evaluated as excellent, 15 days were good, 3 days were lightly polluted, 3 days were moderately polluted, and 1 day was heavily polluted. The dry air in January will lead to a not-so-good AQI. If it bothers you, you can prepare a facial mask before going out.>>Know More About Beijing AQI
Beijing AQI in January 2019 Day by Day (Click to Enlarge)
As the coldest month in Beijing, padded overcoat, down coat, padded trousers, woolen sweater, cotton boots, gloves, hat and scarf are indispensable in January. It is fine to only wear a sweater when you stay indoors because most houses are installed with heating equipment. But when you go out, don’t hesitate to put your winter outfits on. In addition, facial cream, hand cream, lip protector are advised to protect your skin from the wind and dry weather.
Beijing is rich in historical sites which are suitable to visit all year round like one of the world's five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China - the Summer Palace, the largest sacrificial site Temple of Heaven, the magnificent Badaling, Simatai, Jinshanling, or Mutianyu Great Wall, etc.
In January, skiing is something you can not miss in Beijing. There are many well-equipped ski resorts like Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort (北京怀北国际滑雪场), Jundushan Ski Resort (军都山滑雪场), Beijing Yuyang International Ski Resort (北京渔阳国际滑雪场) for your choice. If you want to experience more of the snow scenery of China, you can extend your trip to Harbin to attend the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.
1. Chinese New Year (the first day in Chinese lunar calendar) usually falls in late January or early February. During that time, some shops and restaurants may be closed. This grand festival will last half a month. There will be many temple fairs in places like Ditan Park (地坛公园), Grand View Garden (大观园) where you will be immersed in this jubilant atmosphere by the traditional performances such as dragon dance, sacrificial ritual and all kinds of handcrafts. Please check the lunar calendar in advance.
2. Please be careful when doing outdoor activities because the roads and steps may be icy and slippery.
3. Beijing is now available for the 144-Hour Visa-Free for Transit policy. With valid international travel documents and connecting flight tickets to a third country, you can stay in Beijing for 6 days without a visa.
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